General Rules for Carpet Care
The key to keeping your carpet looking great depends on the care you give it. That care centers around three basic steps.
- Removal of soil by frequent vacuuming
- Periodic cleaning
- Prompt, correct removal of spots and spills
Spot Removal Procedure
Removing spots from carpets can be simple or tedious depending on the spot and how long it has been on the carpet. At times multiple applications of the spot removal solution or a second solution are required. Listed below is a general spot removal procedure.
- If the origin of the spot is unknown, Begin with Step 1
- If the origin of the spot is known, begin at the appropriate step: Step 1 for Greasy Spots or Step 2 for Water Based Spots
- Never use a circular motion to remove a spot as this destroys texture. Instead, blot by pressing a white paper towel down onto the affected area.
- To prevent wick up, the final step should always be to rinse with clear water; blot dry, and put a thickness of several white paper towels over the damp area. Put a brick or other suitable weight on the pad of towels to keep the pad in contact with the carpet. This allows any stain wicking up from the backing to go into the towels. Allow to dry, remove the brick and towels and brush the piles.
- Be certain to try any solutions you plan to use on an inconspicuous area of your carpet, as it may affect the color or texture of the carpet. Do not use if color in the test area marks off on a white paper towel.
Some items to have available to remove spots
- White paper towels or terry towels
- Restore It Carpet Cleaning carpet stain remover
- Spoon and dull knife
- Brick or other suitable weight
Step 1: Unknown and Greasy Spots
- Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scrapping with a dull knife.
- Apply Restore It Carpet Cleaning carpet stain remover to a clean white cloth, white paper towel, or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile, use a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no color is transferred to the cloth. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never use a circular motion to remove spots as this may destroy the texture.
- Stop if the spot is removed. Repeat as necessary.
- Blot dry and apply the paper towels and brick to help from wicking back.
Step 2: Water Based Spots
- Blot up as much of the spill as is possible. A wet vacuum is useful if large quantity of liquid was spilled.
- If the spot has dried, saturate the tufts with carpet stain remover (do not over wet). Blot with white towel until spot has been removed.
- Blot dry and apply the paper towels and brick to help from spot wicking back.